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12-15-2005, 04:24 PM
How are the import chain hoist? When they say 2 or 3 tons is it safe to lift 2 or 3 tons?

Forrest Addy
12-15-2005, 04:41 PM
I bought a couple of Harbor Freight 1 tonners and a 2 ton acouple of years ago. I tested them agaist a borrowed dyno and can verify that they will indeed work to capacity for a half dozen load raise and lower cycles.

It pays to test hoisting equipment before you put it into service.

12-15-2005, 04:52 PM
What happens on the 7th cycle?

12-15-2005, 08:51 PM
I have only a one ton that continues to perform but I have yet taken it to the limit. I would suggest a vigilant inspection of any lifting tool along with a regular maintenance schedule. If you are constantly loading tools to there limit, I suggest you move up to the next size. Although there's a safety factor built in, stresses will eventually weaken the metal.

<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">When they say 2 or 3 tons is it safe to lift 2 or 3 tons?</font>

You can lift 2 tons with a 2-ton and 3 tons with a 3-ton but don't lift 3 tons with a 2-ton. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

12-15-2005, 09:51 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by CCWKen:
You can lift 2 tons with a 2-ton and 3 tons with a 3-ton but don't lift 3 tons with a 2-ton. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif</font>

or at least don't lift anything important.

andy b.

J Tiers
12-15-2005, 10:06 PM
If the thing is made right, the lower hook will open before anything else gives way.

The hook normally won't be really open until 3 or 4 times overload...... so when you see a stretched hook, you know its been there and back....

On import, who knows? The hook might be the strongest part.... or the weakest.....

12-15-2005, 10:18 PM
One thing also...never trust a chain hoist to not freewheel under load. Normally a good quality one won`t but a cheap import? I sure never trust mine to always hold. I hook the lightweight hand chain to the load chain with a cheap S hook whenever I want a positive stop.

12-15-2005, 10:55 PM
Just bought a one ton Chiwan hoist off e-bay for 5$ { shipping 10$}. Haven't tried it yet . Will for sure try it on something that dosen't matter. Chain looks hardly strong enough to hold a dog . Chris

12-16-2005, 03:01 AM
Chinese 1 ton cheapos work fine, except that the side covers don't want to stay on. Take them off, throw them out, and don't stick your fingers in the ratchet.